Down-payment for J&J Vaccines Non Refundable – South Africa

Unlike its refund from AstraZeneca after rejecting vaccines from the company despite initial down-payments, the South African government has revealed that its procurement of Johnson & Johnson vaccines come with stricter clauses.

South Africa has since halted innoculations with Johnson & Johnson vacccines after some patients began showing after symptoms.

Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize noted that the procurement of J &J and Pfizer vaccines have come with non-refundability clauses ensuring money will not be returned under any circumstance.

Locals have raised concerns about the complete effectiveness of the vaccines, as the United States government has also put J & J vaccines on hold.

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Recent trials of the Pfizer vaccine have posed questions about its potency but the company refuted the concerns raised saying they do not affect its viability against COVID-19.

Mkhize on Wednesday said that the clause is another onerous term that the country has had to settle for. In a virtual meeting with a parliamentary committee, he disclosed that South Africa is paying $10 per dose for the J&J and Pfizer vaccines.

South Africa is the continent’s most affected country and one that has managed the disease best so far, with options of having an Africa-made vaccine being considered.

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